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Should I Get a Central AC or Heat Pump?

When it’s time to upgrade your existing HVAC system, you may be stuck between choosing a central air conditioner or a heat pump. There are unique benefits to each one, and it really comes down to your personal preferences.

You can keep reading to learn more about both central air conditioners and heat pumps so that you understand the pros and cons of each and can make an educated decision. Then give our team a call to schedule your installation appointment for air conditioning in Rochester.

All About Central ACs 

Central air conditioning is an excellent choice for cooling your home. The unit is dedicated to cooling alone without any other functionality. Central air conditioners are the tried-and-true method of cooling homes. Sometimes they have a negative reputation for being less efficient, but that is largely because of the attached ductwork, an issue you could also face with a standard central heat pump.

But central air conditioners and ductwork can cool your home very efficiently with the proper maintenance and care. Ductwork should be inspected at least every three to five years so that it can be cleaned and resealed where necessary. Completing the step will go a long way toward helping your central air conditioner work efficiently. 

One related benefit of having a central air conditioner is that you can also invest in a separate heating unit. You can choose a gas furnace, an electric furnace, or whatever other heater you think will work best for your home and family. Having separate air conditioning and heating systems allows for a little more customization to how you’re heating and cooling your home.

All About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps on the other hand offer heating and cooling all within the same system. This can be beneficial because it eliminates the need to store two separate large indoor units, especially if you have limited space. If you’d like the idea of a central air conditioner, a heat pump operates very similarly. 

The key difference is that it has some functionality that allows refrigerant to move in the opposite direction through the lines and absorb heat to bring into your home for increasing the temperature. When it comes to heating your home, a heat pump offers two unique benefits compared to any other type of heater. 

First, a heat pump is highly energy efficient since it doesn’t have to create heat and is instead transferring heat from one place to another. This also makes heat pump operation much safer compared to other types of heaters. You don’t have open flames or heating elements reaching extremely high temperatures.

The downside to consider is that a standard heat pump becomes less efficient when temperatures drop below freezing. This means you have to be very selective about the type of heat pump you have installed. You either want to go with a heat pump that has a small furnace attached (also called a dual fuel system) or a cold-climate model heat pump that is able to work more efficiently in freezing temperatures compared to a standard model.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to make these decisions alone. We can talk to you in more detail about all of your options and even visit your home to complete an assessment and review how various HVAC setups would work. Then you can make a decision, and we can move forward with the best choice for you.

Contact Potter Heating Cooling & Plumbing today to schedule your HVAC services. Our team is here to help with all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

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